One of our primary criticisms regarding the sport that we love more than any other (actually, we hate the rest — except during the hockey playoffs) arises from the league’s tendencies to change rules on a reactive, not proactive, basis.
When it comes to replay, the league is notorious for tweaking the system only after something has occurred that isn’t reviewable because the current rules prevent it from being used in that situation.
Case in point — the rules currently don’t permit replay to be used to determine whether the clock at the end of the half or the game expired.
On Sunday night, it appeared that Eagles linebacker Moise “Fokme?” Fokou had recovered a fumble from Giants punt returner Domenik Hixon.
But the clock ran out.
But replay evidence suggested a second remained after the play ended.
But the replay rules don’t permit the technology to be used to determine whether time remained on a clock that supposedly expired.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the rule might change. And, to the league’s credit, the powers-that-be might not wait until the offseason to allow a proposed amendment to percolate from the Competition Committee up to the ranks of the owners.
Instead, Schefter says that the league could enact a change to the rule for the 2009 postseason at the December 15 labor seminar, which launches this week in Dallas.